D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records


Asheville Housing Authority booklet, "Our Community - Civic Redevelopment," 
in Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, N.C., Records, Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA

Title Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, N.C ., Records
Alt Titles Housing Authority Records, HACA, Asheville Housing Authority, Asheville Urban Renewal
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/housing_authority_city_asheville/default_haca.htm
Creator Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, Planning and Development Department
Subject Keyword East End, Asheville ; Southside, Asheville ; East Riverside, Asheville ; East Riverside redevelopment ; Civic Redevelopment Project ; Asheville Redevelopment Commission ; Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, N.C. ; Asheville, NC ; housing authorities ; urban renewal ; city planning ; gentrification ; eminent domain ; maps ; streets ; roads ; gardens ; African-Americans ; community ; Southside ; Model Cities ; greenways ; Y.M.C.A. ; Y.W.C.A. ; social services ; NC R-48 ; NC R-13 ; Mountain Housing Opportunities ; City-County Plaza ; Marjorie Scavella ; municipal government ; politics and government ; highway planning ; apartments ; housing ; real property ; economic conditions ; land use ; economics ; urban planning ; civic improvement ; slums ; low income housing ; urban poor ; Asheville Model Cities Program ; Depot Street  ; Livingston Street ; Montford, NC ;
Subject LCSH African Americans -- Housing -- History -- 20th century
Apartment houses -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Asheville (N.C.) -- History
Asheville (N.C.) -- Economic conditions
Asheville (N.C.) -- Politics and government
Asheville (N.C.) -- Planning
City and town life -- United States -- History -- 20th century
City planning -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Civic improvement -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Highway planning -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Housing -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Housing authorities
Housing authorities -- United States -- States
Housing policy -- United States
Land use, Urban -- United States
Land use, Urban -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Low-income housing -- Government policy -- United States
Municipal government -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Municipal services -- North Carolina Asheville (N.C.)
Real property -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Traffic engineering -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Urban policy -- United States
Urban policy -- North Carolina
United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
United States -- Race relations
Urban poor -- Housing
Urban poor -- Statistics
Urban renewal -- North Carolina -- Asheville

This collection consists of nearly 130 linear feet (129 cartons) of administrative records for  Asheville’s Redevelopment Commission dating from around 1958 to 1970, as well as the official records of Asheville’s Housing Authority from the late 1940s to the 1990s.  The records in this collection pertain primarily to several significant redevelopment projects undertaken by Asheville from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s.  Also represented to a lesser extent are smaller development and redevelopment projects, as well as several housing projects and bridge projects.

In general project records include standard planning documents such as project area maps, a survey of the existing structures in the project area, the redevelopment plan, appraisal reports, and ownership data.  Also included are general project administrative documents such as correspondence, contracts, reports, news clippings, and summary documents.  In addition to general administration files and planning documents are several series pertaining to the acquisition, disposal, or rehabilitation of individual parcels, as well as the relocation of individual occupants.  

As of late 2015-early 2016 the collection is currently being reprocessed and some sections have not been thoroughly examined.  Several series containing sensitive information are closed to researchers pending review of confidential and private information in some of the records.

The records of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville were acquired by UNCA in July 2007, and the legal transfer of ownership occurred on October 16, 2007 when the Asheville City Council approved the transfer of the material files and photographs and provided a subsidy for the processing of the collection.  Since then, additional materials were identified and acquired in 2008 and it is anticipated that additions to the collection will be forthcoming.

A GENERAL HISTORY OF EARLY URBAN RENEWAL IN ASHEVILLE outlines rationale and the early years of planning for renewal projects (largely the Civic Redevelopment Project and the East Riverside Project)  but does not address all the revisions that have occurred from the mid-1970s forward.

Publisher Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Alt.  contributor Mountain Housing Opportunities ; Asheville Planning and Development Department
Format (extent) 128.5 linear ft. (139 cartons)
Source M2007.12.01-117 ; OS2007.12.01.01   D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, Manuscript Collections
Language English
Relation Is part of:  Housing Authority of the City of Asheville [HACA] ; Is related to: East Riverside Photographs, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; Map Asheville, http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/mapasheville/developmentmapper/ ; Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; Emergency Relief in North Carolina. A Record of the Development and the Activities of the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration, 1932-1935. North Carolina Emergency Relief Commission, State Administrator, Mrs. Thomas O'Berry. Edited by J. S. Kirk, Walter A. Cutter [and] Thomas W. Morse by North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration, Documenting the American South, UNC Chapel Hill ;  Prosser, Julian Branson.  Two city managers in Asheville, North Carolina : politics, administration and policy formulation.  [S.l. : s.n.] 1972, iv, 110 leaves ; 28 cm. (Thesis (M.P.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) UNCA SPEC COLL JS548.A8 P76 1972 ; Asheville Model Cities Records, M2005.11.1-2, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; Asheville Model Cities Commission Mid Year Planning Statement ; PUBLICATIONS List is part of HACA ; For excellent GIS maps that orient you to contemporary Asheville, see : http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/mapAsheville/map.asp ;
Dates covered by collection  1950's-1990's ;
Rights Collection is open and available for research though some series are restricted and closed to all researchers until private legal and financial information can be screened. Any copyright interest in materials contained within this collection have not been transferred to UNCA and therefore remain with the original copyright holders or their descendants as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor 310 ;  City of Asheville, NC.
Acquisition 2007-07-20 (onsite) ; official transfer from City of Asheville, Council to UNCA, October 16, 2007 ; Addendum February 2012 (Civic Center and Montford area material)
Citation Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records, Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Processed by Special Collections staff, 2007; 2008; 2009 ; 2010 ; 2011 ;2012
Last update 2007-08-14 ; 2007-09-30 ; 2008-01-25 ; 2008-02-24 ;2008-8-11 ; 2008-9-11 ; 2012-03-05 hw
  Time Line
  Glossary   [See also: HUD Acronyms ]

The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville collection is being reprocessed and organized. New container lists are being developed and will be added to this finding aid as they are completed. Items are being reboxed and new box numbers will be posted as they are processed.

The collection is divided into the following structure, based on the original order of the files as they were received from the City of Asheville:

Part 1)  Redevelopment Commission Files (1 box) and Housing Authority General Administrative Files (5 boxes)

Part 2)  Housing Authority Rehabilitation Assistance Program Records (4 Boxes) and Social Services Case Files (1 Box)

Part 3) Asheville Downtown Commercial Complex (5 Boxes)

Part 4) Civic Redevelopment FIles (6 Boxes)

Part 5) Redevelopment Commission Files (5 Boxes)

Part 6) East End/Valley Street Project Files (21 Boxes)

Part 7) East Riverside Project Files (79 Boxes)

The organization also includes numerous series relating to specific redevelopment and other Housing Authority projects and two media series (Reference Materials not published by the Housing Authority and Photographic Media not associated with specific project files)


Container Lists

 Boxes 1-6

Part 1 - Administrative Files Container List

Boxes 7-11

Part 2 - AHA Rehabilitation Assistance program files, 1984-1990s. and Social Services case files, 1968-1972 (Open for research - confidential information has been redacted or purged)
Boxes 12-15 Part 3 - Asheville Downtown Commercial Complex Project Files, 1980-1982
Boxes 16-21 Part 4 - Civic Redevelopment Files
Boxes 22-26 Part 5 - Redevelopment Commission Files
Boxes 27-47 Part 6 - East End/Valley Street Project Files
Boxes 48-119 Part 7 - East Riverside Project Files
Boxes 120-119 Montford Project Files, ca. 1978-1993.  2.0 linear ft.

Head of Montford project files (Includes the area bounded by Montford Avenue on the West, Short Street on the east, Bearden Street n the North, and Cherry Street on the South.)

Montford Complex project files

Randolph Elementary School project files

  South Pack Square/Pack Plaza Redevelopment Project files, 1969-1994.     2.0 linear ft.


  NC 7-5 and NC 7-6 project files, ca. 1965-1966.  2.0 linear ft.
  Small projects, ca. 1950-1990s.  1.0 linear ft.
Project NC 7-1    1975-
Project NC 7-2: "Lee Walker Heights," ca. 1950
Project NC 7-3: "Pisgah View Apartments", ca. 1950
Project NC 7-4: Construction of 238 low-rent housing units, ca.1956
     Hill Crest Apartments
     Home Investment,  FY 1993-1994
     Home Share:  ABCCM  - Low Income
Project NC 7-6
Oteen Home for the Elderly, June 1976
Proposed public housing, ca. 1981
Purchase of 1720 Old Haywood Road, 1989
Sale of property to H. B. Fergusson Missionary Baptist Church, 1995
West End / Clingman Avenue Area, 1987 - 1996
Airport Clear Zone, early 1990's
Proposed conference center adjacent to Asheville airport, 1993
Box 120A Downtown Area Redevelopment projects, ca. 1978 - late1990's.  1.0 linear ft.
Eagle - Market Street neighborhood
Pack Plaza [South Pack Square]
Biltmore Avenue acquisition
Haywood - Wall Street
8 South Lexington Avenue
South Pack Commons  / "The Block":  Eagle / Market Street Development Corporation
Box 121 Bridge projects  1.0 linear ft.
Arco Road Bridge Improvement Project files ,1985
Hazel Mill Road Bridge project files,  1988-1989
Killian Road Bridge Project files,  1983-1985
Murdock Bridge Project files,  1989
Relocation File, 1989
Pearson Bridge Project files,  1988-1989
Thompson Street Bridge Replacement Project, 1989  [Map]
Delaware Avenue Improvements Project (permanent closure of Old Sand Hill Rd.), 1991-1993
West Chestnut Street Bridge, 1988
Boxes 129 - 131

Photographic Media 1.5 linear feet

Contains prints, transparencies,and negatives of HACA Urban Renewal in the 1960s through the 1980s

[See also:  East Riverside Photographs]


150 - 152 Publications: Originatating from the Housing Authority, and a wide range of sources, with the purpose of aiding the Authority in its plan of redevelopment and improvement. These documents include economic reports, city layout and design plans, transportation, urban housing, and business reports.
Digitized resources Includes items from the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records as well as  related collection material specific to the projects contained in the UNCA web location.

 CHAS Information  1992 (Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy) for Asheville Regional Housing Consortium


OS2007.12.01.01 MAPS  [Selected]
OS2007.12.01.01 Aerial Photographs
  List of Housing and Redevelopment Commissioners and Housing Authority Directors & Commissioners
  Mayors and City Council Officers, 1955-2007
GIS information GIS Metadata Dictionary
http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/PublicAccess/metadata/mdd.htm (Currently unavailable as of 2013-04-12)
  HACA Sample Folder for Acquisition Files in the East Riverside Project